The General Directorate of Passports in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called on all travelers coming to the Kingdom through all land, sea and air outlets to disclose to the passport officials their presence in China within fifteen days before their arrival.
The General Directorate of Passports asserted that this step comes within the approved health procedures to prevent the new Corona virus, and that it is binding on all arrivals to Saudi Arabia.
In turn, the Saudi Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, previously set a number of strict precautionary and preventive measures to prevent the arrival of the new Corona virus in Saudi Arabia after its spread in China, in a guide that was circulated to health facilities.
These measures included activating respiratory screening stations at the entrances and facilities of health care facilities, to ensure early detection of those with acute respiratory disease, and the application of contact and spray precautions when dealing with any “suspected or confirmed” case.
The Ministry of Health also obligated health outlets at entry points to visually screen travelers arriving “directly or indirectly” from China, and to refer suspects immediately to the Public Health Department in the region or its province of entry to take necessary measures.